Very few things cause more heartache than a bad partnership. Whether it be a business relationship or a marriage, it only adds stress to an already stressful situation. As a Believer, Paul implores us to make sure that those we join together with are like-minded. Two people going in the same direction can travel a long way.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Don’t become partners with those who do not believe. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?”
Two Different Perspectives
Christians need to be careful about what partnership they enter into with non-believers. This has a broad application in many areas. In marriage, when two unequally yoked people come together, they bring different backgrounds and perspectives to issues like money and raising children. In business, the level of ethics will present problems when they are going after new contracts. Paul lays it out perfectly by contrasting lawlessness and righteousness, or good versus wickedness.
Many people will argue that most of the time, it is difficult to tell between a Christian and one who is isn’t. I think this further solidifies Paul’s point. We are not better because we follow Jesus, but we need to align ourselves from those who hold the same Biblical perspective. There are enough challenges in partnering with people, having different worldviews only adds to the stress.
Going in the Same Direction
We are not judging people if we decide not to partner with them. We are just choosing to join together with people who are walking the same path. Our primary purpose in life is to glorify God. If we are in a partnership with someone who does not have the same goal, it will cause problems if you are faced with a decision that entails this kind of choice make sure that you adhere to Scripture. It will prevent significant heartache down the line.